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First Name: Laurence
Last Name: Taylor
Bio: Laurence Taylor first played the bassoon in the army, but gave it up upon demob and entered the engineering field. However, the bassoon bug caught up with him, and his first professional playing was with Covent Garden. He then worked as a free-lance musician and at the same time did further study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Charles Cracknell. After answering an emergency call from the Hallé Orchestra to play contra in the Berg Concerto for Violin, Piano and Thirteen Solo Wind, he was offered a full time position by Sir John Barbirolli. Six years later he moved to Scotland as a free lance player and teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow. Just over twenty-five years ago, his interest in the mysteries of the bassoon lead to a visit to the U.S.A. to meet Alan Fox, the bassoon maker, with whom he has been associated ever since. He is soon to retire from his business activities, mainly selling and renovating bassoons, to devote his time to fishing! His ambition is to catch a salmon on Bassoon and line!! He was founder member of the International Double Reed Society, and host chairman for the 1980 conference in Edinburgh. This was the first time that it had been held outside the North American continent.
Source: Double Reed 21/1 (1998)